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NBA: Golden State plays with fire, the Lakers lost the flame

                              
Golden State took its time after a catastrophic first quarter to beat Miami (120-118) on Sunday, while the Los Angeles Lakers sank in Philadelphia (143-120).

When Stephen Curry starts his matches badly, Golden State suffers.

The leader of the Warriors scored only three points in the first period and his team was not the face against Miami who has up to 19 points ahead!

It was not until the end of the second period that the two reigning NBA champions returned to the score (51-51) thanks to the joint revival of Curry (15 pts) and Kevin Durant (14 pts).

But they had to fight to the end against a catchy Miami team that has the distinction of having a better record on the outside (14 v-13 d) than home (11 v-16 d) .

The Heat was dangerous to the end thanks to Josh Richardson, in a state of grace with his 37 points and eight successful shots, new personal bests.

Led by three points (118-115) after a lost ball by Draymond Green 50 seconds from the mermaid, Golden State equalized thanks to a three-pointer basket, his first of the evening, Kevin Durant.

Miami missed out on his last possession of the ball, Durant took the defensive rebound, then missed the target, but recovered the ball, before DeMarcus Cousins ​​gave the Golden State victory with two free throws.

- 39 points for Durant -

"We started badly, but we found little by little our benchmarks, it's a great victory against a team that did not come to make the figuration," insisted Durant, the best scorer of the meeting with 39 points .

Golden State, which has won 17 of its last 19 games (40-15), now has three wins over its runner-up, Denver (37-28).

The return of LeBron James did not wake up the Lakers.


Without their superstar, injured adductor for five weeks, the Californians had lost eleven of their 17 games.

With him, the record is not much better: against the Sixers, they conceded a third defeat in five games.

Kyle Kuzma, one of the players that the Lakers leaders proposed in vain to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis, has tried everything.

The strong winger, 23, scored 23 points in the first quarter, for a total of 39 on the night, and gave his team a 40-39 advantage after the first twelve minutes of play .

Joel Embiid woke up in the 2nd period and the Sixers were not worried anymore.

- Fournier in sight -

The Cameroonian pivot ended the match with 37 points and 14 rebounds, while Tobias Harris, one of four recent rookies, added 22 points.

"Our team has progressed in quality, newcomers still have things to learn about our gaming systems, but I think we will be strong," said Embiid.

The contrast with the Lakers, choppy, is striking.

"There were too many misunderstandings, too much," lamented "King James".
                
The triple NBA champion has certainly flirted with the "triple double" (three categories of statistics to ten units and more) with 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, but he ended the meeting with a success at half-time shooting (50 %) and four lost balloons.

The Lakers bench was outperformed by the Philadelphia bench (21 points, against 40).

The Lakers remain stuck in 10th place in the Western Conference (28th-28th), while Philadelphia is 4th (36th-20th), before facing Tuesday's Boston (5th, 35th-21st) competitor live for the leading roles in the East.

Orlando chained in Atlanta (124-108), a third straight victory thanks to the 17 points and seven assists of Evan Fournier.

Other French contender Sunday, Elie Okobo scored six points, caught three rebounds and delivered three assists in 16 minutes in the defeat of Phoenix in Sacramento (117-104).

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